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Youthful Ambition: Anthony van Dyck’s ‘Self-Portrait as Icarus’

8 June 2021

Youthful Ambition: Anthony van Dyck’s ‘Self-Portrait as Icarus’

Online event: 8 June 2021

Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck was not yet 20 years old when he painted Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus in about 1618. The artist announced his abilities and ambitions in the painting, depicting himself as a classical symbol of youthful transgression.

In this virtual program organized by the Center for Netherlandish Art, join leading experts on Flemish art to take a closer look at the recently rediscovered work, which is a promised gift to the MFA from the Van Otterloo Collection. Explore Van Dyck’s motivations behind the painting and the pictorial traditions from which it emerged. Also learn about other paintings by Van Dyck at the MFA—including Portrait of a Senator, a promised gift from the Weatherbie Collection—and preview the Museum’s plans for displaying works by Van Dyck and other Flemish masters in the new galleries of Dutch and Flemish art, opening fall 2021.

Speakers include Yves Wantens, Christopher Atkins, Katlijne Van der Stighelen and Larry Silver. The session is moderated by Antien Knaap.

Youthful Ambition: Anthony van Dyck’s Self-portrait as Icarus is supported by the Delegation of Flanders to the USA.

For more information and to register (free of charge), visit the MFA website.